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C04007v7 Master of Planning

Award(s): Master of Planning (MPlan)
UAC code: 940105 (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 064794J
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Master of Planning provides a new career path for design, planning and property professionals, equipping graduates with a broad understanding of planning issues alongside the negotiation skills and creative thinking required to resolve them.

Whereas planning has often been seen as an approval process, UTS approaches the discipline as a critical task, one that connects communities with governments, institutions and developers.

UTS firmly believes the best planners don't just apply existing regulations. UTS graduates are creative problem solvers and negotiators, able to work effectively in teams and with stakeholders to deliver workable solutions to complex residential, commercial and infrastructure development problems.

Course aims

Through this course, students proactively engage with policy, environmental and demographic frameworks to understand how planning decisions shape the urban environment over the long term. This engagement is multidisciplinary, spanning planning, urban design, property, architecture/landscape architecture, economics, spatial analysis, law and urban ecology.

The degree has both a strong sustainability focus and an emphasis on the property development cycle. Students learn about land markets and feasibility studies, and acquire the technical skills to perform complex and evidence-based forecasting. They also learn how to conduct large scale structure planning and design master planned developments for communities.

Students achieve these outcomes by applying theory to real-world scenarios in real-world learning environments, including peer-led, multidisciplinary teamwork and discussions, case studies and field trips, with opportunities to travel internationally.

Career options

The degree enables professionals to change careers due to the multidisciplinary nature of the learning. Graduates are in public sector positions, including working for state and local government, and in private consulting and property development firms. There are also careers in strategic planning on major developments and projects, master planning with financial analysis, and the increasingly important area of sub-regional planning.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Ability to reflect on one’s personal views and values and understand how they might affect one’s professional judgement
A.2 Understand the ethical responsibilities of professional planners and be able to critically evaluate the ethical implications of complex problems
A.3 Understand the history of disadvantage and inequality in societies (in an Australian context this would apply in particular but not exclusively to people of Indigenous origin) and be able to formulate a reasoned argument for how planners should address significant social inequalities
C.1 Ability to work effectively in teams of people with diverse professional and personal backgrounds
C.2 Ability to communicate with people with a wide variety of cultural, social, economic, and political perspectives using verbal, written, and visual media
C.3 Understand sources of conflict and be able to apply conflict negotiation strategies appropriately
I.1 Ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems based on research and evaluation
I.2 Ability to apply urban design principles to develop creative solutions for urban problems
P.1 Ability to think strategically about the future of cities and regions and understand the drivers of change
P.2 Understanding of how and why the role of planning has evolved in response to new social, cultural, economic, and political forces
P.3 Ability to apply a wide array of analytic tools (which may include spreadsheets, geographic information software, three dimensional simulations, or negotiation tools) to understand constraints and opportunities
P.4 Ability to prepare and critique plans based on a broad understanding of urban and regional and environmental dynamics, and the ability to analyse alternatives
P.5 Understand the principles of urban design and be able to use them to analyse places
P.6 Understand the legal and policy context within which planning occurs, and the role of various levels and agencies of government
P.7 Understand the principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability and be able to apply them to analysing and developing plans
P.8 Understand dynamics driving land and property markets and be able to apply this to planning proposals
R.1 Ability to understand a complex problem and frame a research question to address the problem
R.2 Ability to design and conduct a research project to identify and evaluate alternative strategies to resolve a complex problem
R.3 Understand spatial relationships and be able to evaluate the spatial and physical impacts of proposals
R.4 Understand the sources and limitations of data used to analyse problems and evaluate solutions
R.5 Ability to develop coherent and logically structured arguments that use evidence appropriately
R.6 Understand risk assessment principles and apply them to simulating future courses of action

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or equivalent, from one of the following disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and regional planning, community development, property economics, property development, planning, geography, geographic information science (GIS), environmental science, economics, law, or
  • a completed UTS Graduate Certificate in Property and Planning with a credit average, or
  • a completed UTS Graduate Certificate in Planning with a credit average
  • a completed UTS Graduate Diploma in Property Development with a credit average, or
  • a completed UTS Graduate Diploma in Planning with a credit average, or
  • a UTS recognised bachelor's degree at a pass level in unrelated study plus a minimum of two years' work experience in a profession associated with urban planning. In this case applicants need to provide a three-page CV outlining their work experience.

Applicants with a completed UTS recognised bachelor's degree in an unrelated study need to provide a CV (maximum three pages) outlining a minimum of two years' work experience in a profession closely related to urban planning.

Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on:

  • ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of five years' work experience in a profession closely related to urban planning, and
  • provision of a CV (maximum three pages) outlining their work experience.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-and-a-half-year, full-time or three-year, part-time basis.

Subjects are offered in blocks, ranging from two to two-and-a-half full days, with a typical subject composed of two blocks. This facilitates interaction and teamwork, and meets the needs of busy professionals and those living outside Sydney.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 72 credit points.

Course completion requirements

STM90502 Core subjects (Planning PG) 24cp
STM90503 Level 2 core subjects (Planning) 24cp
CBK90597 Options (Planning) Level 3 24cp
Total 72cp

Course program

The examples below show full-time and part-time programs for students choosing the combined or major project options.

Minor project and electives option, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
15222 Urban Design   6cp
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
Spring session
15301 Planning Theory and Decision Making   6cp
15144 Group Project B: Greenfields Development   6cp
15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
15241 Urban Economics and Infrastructure Funding   6cp
15345 Minor Project   6cp
15251 Spatial Analysis in Planning and Property   6cp
Minor project and electives option, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
15144 Group Project B: Greenfields Development   6cp
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
15241 Urban Economics and Infrastructure Funding   6cp
15222 Urban Design   6cp
15345 Minor Project   6cp
15251 Spatial Analysis in Planning and Property   6cp
Spring session
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
15301 Planning Theory and Decision Making   6cp
15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Major project option, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
15222 Urban Design   6cp
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
Spring session
15302 Major Project: Methods   6cp
15144 Group Project B: Greenfields Development   6cp
15301 Planning Theory and Decision Making   6cp
15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
15241 Urban Economics and Infrastructure Funding   6cp
15904 Major Project: Analysis and Outcomes   6cp
15251 Spatial Analysis in Planning and Property   6cp
Major project option, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
15144 Group Project B: Greenfields Development   6cp
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
15222 Urban Design   6cp
15241 Urban Economics and Infrastructure Funding   6cp
15302 Major Project: Methods   6cp
15251 Spatial Analysis in Planning and Property   6cp
Spring session
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
15301 Planning Theory and Decision Making   6cp
15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement   6cp
15904 Major Project: Analysis and Outcomes   6cp
Minor project and electives option, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
Spring session
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
15144 Group Project B: Greenfields Development   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
15241 Urban Economics and Infrastructure Funding   6cp
15222 Urban Design   6cp
Spring session
15301 Planning Theory and Decision Making   6cp
15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
15251 Spatial Analysis in Planning and Property   6cp
Spring session
15345 Minor Project   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Minor project and electives option, Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
15241 Urban Economics and Infrastructure Funding   6cp
15222 Urban Design   6cp
Spring session
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
15144 Group Project B: Greenfields Development   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
15251 Spatial Analysis in Planning and Property   6cp
Spring session
15301 Planning Theory and Decision Making   6cp
15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
15345 Minor Project   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Major project option, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
Spring session
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
15144 Group Project B: Greenfields Development   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
15222 Urban Design   6cp
15241 Urban Economics and Infrastructure Funding   6cp
Spring session
15301 Planning Theory and Decision Making   6cp
15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
15302 Major Project: Methods   6cp
15251 Spatial Analysis in Planning and Property   6cp
Spring session
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
15904 Major Project: Analysis and Outcomes   6cp
Major project option, Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
15222 Urban Design   6cp
Spring session
15301 Planning Theory and Decision Making   6cp
15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
15241 Urban Economics and Infrastructure Funding   6cp
15251 Spatial Analysis in Planning and Property   6cp
Spring session
15144 Group Project B: Greenfields Development   6cp
15302 Major Project: Methods   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
15904 Major Project: Analysis and Outcomes   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Property and Planning (C11001), the Graduate Diploma in Planning (C07002) and the Master of Planning.

Professional recognition

This program is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

Other information

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